Sunday, January 30, 2005

Something fishy??

A game warden noticed how a particular fellow named Sam consistently caught more fish than anyone else. Whereas the other guys would only catch three or four fish a day, Sam would come in from the lake with a boat full of fish. Stringer after stringer was packed with freshly caught trout. The warden, curious, asked Sam his secret.

The successful fisherman invited the game warden to accompany him and observe. So the next morning, the two met at the dock and took off in Sam's boat. When they got to the middle of the lake, Sam stopped the boat, and the warden sat back to see how it was done.

Sam's approach was simple: He took out a stick of dynamite, lit it, and threw it into the air. The explosion rocked the lake with such a force that dead fish immediately began to surface. Sam took out a net and started scooping them up.

Well, you can imagine the reaction of the game warden. When he recovered from the shock of it all, he began yelling at Sam, "You can't do this! I'll put you in jail, buddy! You will be paying every fine there is!"

Sam, meanwhile, set his net down and took out another stick of dynamite. He lit it and tossed it in the lap of the game warden, "Are you going to sit there all day complaining, or are you going to fish?"

Monday, January 17, 2005

Ham radio as a hobby

Though times have changed ham radio is still a wonderful hobby. Chatting to all people at large on computers is fine but how difficult it is to find a common interest. The hundreds of thousand radio hams all over the world, never have this problem. All are greatly interested in many of the aspects of our hobby and conversation flows so very smoothly, whether using the traditional radio equipment or our present day computers. Like to discuss this further and possibly become a radio ham?

Friday, January 14, 2005

Church mice

Three pastors met and were talking over conditions at their churches.
The first pastor said, "You know, since summer started, I've been having trouble with mice in my church. I've tried everything----noise, spray, cats---nothing seems to scare them away."
The second pastor said, "Yeah, my church too. There are hundreds living in the basement of the church. I've set traps and even called an expert to get rid of them but nothing has worked so far."
The third pastor said, "I had the same problem, so I baptized all mine and made them members of the church... haven't seen one since.

An update

January 2005....After nearly 50 years of Ham Radio at many different locations all seems to have settled down in a very modest way. No linears nor high gain beams. Only a basic transceiver (FT-767GX) and a simple wire antenna system. A Kenwood 2500 hand held is hooked up to a Pakratt 232 modem for 2 metre packet! A 2m and a 70cm module in the FT-767GX looks after my further VHF and UHF needs!
Over the past years most digital modes have been tried, but only Packet mode is still being regularly used. My Ham radio has been a partner of Internet for many years and I still regularly check all the HF bands. I can also be found from time to time on the PC EchoLink or eQSO. 73 de ZL One African Queen!

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Once bitten..............

As a hobby and in regard to equipment Ham Radio used to be - 'build it yourself or go without'. Forty-seven years ago I built my first transmitter as simple as it was. The power supply was made from new and old components some taken from old thrown out radios. That was my downfall! The first time I switched on the high tension, 'Swoosh'! The 'old' receiver wet electrolytics exploded sending a spray of electrolyte to the ceiling! When I rebuilt the power supply I made sure that the working voltage of the brand new electrolytics was quite capable of handling the transformer voltage. Glad I was not on 'Candid Camera'!

Friday, January 07, 2005

New Year's Eve

On New Year's Eve a woman called a noisy bar to attention just before the bewitching hour and said that at the stroke of mid-night she wanted every husband to embrace the one person who made his life worth living. In the resulting rush the barman was almost crushed to death.

Monday, January 03, 2005

eQSO as a Back-up

Yesterday I downloaded and installed eQSO as a back-up for EchoLink. It took only about ten minutes to download and install from a Search, before I made a connection and enjoyed a chat with a fellow Ham in England. I am very impressed with the audio quality and the ease of operation. Though there is not the great choice of stations that we enjoy with EchoLink and non licenced listeners can participate, it is a very interesting program and should serve well as a back-up. ~ Happy New Year ~

Saturday, January 01, 2005

How about a little trivia?

Just chatted on EchoLink with a chap in England who was born in Hamilton, Scotland. He had just chatted with a ham in Hamilton, Canada. And here he was in QSO with me in Hamilton, New Zealand! That shows one good feature of Echolink. It is open loud and clear worldwide 24 hours a day, every day.